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Signing your posts with '''Signatures''', particularly When leaving a comment on a [[help:Talk Pages|talk pagespage]] is a good habit or other discussion, users need to grasp as it provides attribution to link back 'sign' their comments by adding their 'signature' to the author of that commentend. Other users can then follow This automatically adds the user's name, a linkto their page, navigating them onto and the talk page date/time of that user to address their comments in replythe comment.
When editing an article/page, articles '''should not''' be signed Adding signatures is important as the page it makes it clear who is contributing to a shared work between many other editorsdiscussion. The Even though the [[Help:Page history|page history]] should automatically take care of thatcan prove who made each edit, a signature is a much quicker and simpler method for all users.
==Signing your posts=='''Important:''' Signatures should never be added to articles - they are for discussions only.
;Using four tildes
This is the most preferred option as Your signature can be edited in [[Special:Preferences]] - but it leaves both the name of the should always include your username, link to your user page, and the time stampnot be excessively long, which is particularly useful for talk pageslarge or distracting. There Images or flashing colours are two ways to use this option, each resulting in the same outcome:generally not permitted.
*Signing at the end Signatures of your comment [[staff]] members will show up in a different colour with four tildes (~)the badge for their rank.*Clicking on the preThis should never be imitated by other users -made code on the edit toolbar below the edit boxkeep your signature simple.
;Using three tildes
This option ==Signing your posts== The standard method of adding your signature is an alternative and only leaves to add four tildes <code><nowiki>~~~~</nowiki></code>, right after your comment, on the last line. Just like at the end of this sentence. <nowiki>~~~</nowiki> When you save the page, this will automatically change into putting your username and link to that users talk pagethe date. This If you have customised your signature in [[Special:Preferences]], this will show instead of the username.  You can quickly add your signature by pressing the signature button in the toolbar (4th button along). On an [[Apple Mac]] computer, the tilde is usually accessed by Alt+N. To display without the date, you can use three tildes. To display just the date, use filve tildes. These are only used for leaving general notices on your in specific situations - a talk page or user page. There is currently only one available option to display this comment would always use the standard signature:.
*Signing at the end of your comment with three tildes (~).
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! Wikimarkup Signature !! Code !! Final displayOutput
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!4 tildes<br>Full signature
| <code><nowiki>~~~~</nowiki></code>
| <code><nowiki>[[User:Montario|Montario]] ([[User talk:Montario|talk]])</nowiki> {{CURRENTTIME}}, {{CURRENTDAY}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTYEAR}} (UTC)</code>| [[User21:Montario|Montario]] ([[User talk:Montario|talk]]) {{CURRENTTIME}}18, {{CURRENTDAY}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTYEAR}} 30 January 2012 (UTC)
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!3 tildes<br>Username only
|<code><nowiki>~~~</nowiki></code>
|<code><nowiki>[[User:Montario|Montario]] ([[User talk:Montario|talk]])</nowiki></code>
| [[User:Montario|Montario]] ([[User talk:Montario|talk]])
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!5 tildes<br>Date/time only
|<code><nowiki>~~~~~</nowiki></code>
| 21:18, 30 January 2012 (UTC)
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